1876 Actions found

Actions to Conserve wildlife

We have summarised evidence from the scientific literature about the effects of different interventions to conserve wildlife and ecosystem services.

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Cover peatland with something other than mulch (after planting)

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Likely to be beneficial 8 Cover peatland with something other than mulch (after planting)

Plant parks and gardens with appropriate flowers

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7 Plant parks and gardens with appropriate flowers

Sow uncropped arable field margins with a native wild flower seed mix

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7 Sow uncropped arable field margins with a native wild flower seed mix

Provide buffer strips alongside water courses (rivers and streams)

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 7 Provide buffer strips alongside water courses (rivers and streams)

Raise mowing height on grasslands to benefit farmland wildlife

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 7 Raise mowing height on grasslands to benefit farmland wildlife

Manage hedges to benefit birds

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 7 Manage hedges to benefit birds

Plant nectar flower mixture/wildflower strips for birds

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Likely to be beneficial 7 Plant nectar flower mixture/wildflower strips for birds

Create skylark plots for bird conservation

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Likely to be beneficial 7 Create skylark plots for bird conservation

Reduce management intensity on permanent grasslands for birds

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Likely to be beneficial 7 Reduce management intensity on permanent grasslands for birds

Use selective harvesting/logging instead of clearcutting

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 7 Use selective harvesting/logging instead of clearcutting

Manually control or remove midstorey and ground-level vegetation (including mowing, chaining, cutting etc) in shrubland

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 7 Manually control or remove midstorey and ground-level vegetation (including mowing, chaining, cutting etc) in shrubland

Apply herbicide to mid- and understorey vegetation

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Likely to be ineffective or harmful 7 Apply herbicide to mid- and understorey vegetation

Raise water levels in ditches or grassland

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 7 Raise water levels in ditches or grassland

Use aversive conditioning to reduce nest predation by avian predators

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Unlikely to be beneficial 7 Use aversive conditioning to reduce nest predation by avian predators

Reduce inter-specific competition for nest sites of ground nesting seabirds by removing competitor species

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 7 Reduce inter-specific competition for nest sites of ground nesting seabirds by removing competitor species

Use visual and acoustic ‘scarers’ to deter birds from landing on pools polluted by mining or sewage

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Likely to be beneficial 7 Use visual and acoustic ‘scarers’ to deter birds from landing on pools polluted by mining or sewage

Provide supplementary food for hummingbirds to increase adult survival

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 7 Provide supplementary food for hummingbirds to increase adult survival

Translocate gamebirds

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 7 Translocate gamebirds

Translocate raptors

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Beneficial 7 Translocate raptors

Translocate woodpeckers

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Likely to be beneficial 7 Translocate woodpeckers

Translocate parrots

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Likely to be beneficial 7 Translocate parrots

Use mixed pasture

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Likely to be ineffective or harmful 7 Use mixed pasture

Engage volunteers to collect amphibian data (citizen science)

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Likely to be beneficial 7 Engage volunteers to collect amphibian data (citizen science)

Create refuges

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Likely to be beneficial 7 Create refuges

Manage grazing regime

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 7 Manage grazing regime
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